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E-Newsletter 20th May

Holiday Training Form 

By the end of today, all holiday training forms should be in.
If you cannot find the link to the form, no worries! You can click here for the form.
Congratulations to those who have recently competed at Wellington Opens and Counties Manukau. 
Xtreme had great performances from all with great results. 

Wellington Photos should be available to see and purchase soon.

This weeks spotlight.....

Looking After
Your Apparatus

Our gymnastics equipment takes a lot of wear and tear from us gymnasts throwing it up and not catching or because we have nearly broken the apparatus because we have stood on it funny- it happens. We cannot always prevent this but here are some tips for looking after your gymnastics equipment every day. 

Rope

Best way to deal with the ends of the rope
When you cut your rope, you will have the issue of the ends of the rope. There are two ways to stop your rope from fraying. 
1- Burning the ends
2- Strapping tape

Personally, I think they are both good ways. It just depends on what you prefer. For those who have never done this before, these are the instructions:

Burning the ends:
           1. Measure the rope to the gymnast. It should come up under the armpits, but check that your daughter feels comfortable using the rope at the length. Remember that they will grow so do not over compensate the length making it hard for them to use. 
          2. Tie knots to in the position where the gymnast wants them to be. 
          3. With sharp scissors, cut above the knots, so there is no extra rope sticking out from the knot.
          4. Strike a match and burn the ends of the rope. 

Strapping tape the ends:
This method is what most of the coaches use if we are at the gym doing this. 
            1. Measure the rope to the gymnast. It should come up under the armpits, but check that your daughter feels comfortable using the rope at the length. Remember that they will grow so do not over compensate the length making it hard for them to use.
             2. Tie knots to in the position where the gymnast wants them to be. 
          3. With sharp scissors, cut above the knots, so there is no extra rope sticking out from the knot.
          4. Place strapping tape over the knots. Only use as much as you need as the ends become heavier with more tape. 
Hoop

Getting the right size
Put a hoop against your legs. The recommended hoop height is at the hip.

Storing your hoop
Most rhythmic gymnastics hoops are made of polyethylene making the hoops very resilient and virtually unbreakable. The only downside is they are vulnerable to excessive heat and cold, particularly when combined with pressures exerted against the hoop in storage. When not in use they should be stored in a hoop cover, in a room temperature environment, best laid out flat on an even surface.
3- Decorating your hoop
You can use any tape that you would like- dura seal that you use on school books, hoop tape from rhythmic gymnastics sites and electrical tape. Just note- the gymnast must feel comfortable using the hoop. Sometimes too much hoop tape can be too heavy for the gymnast, but a light hoop also makes it harder to use especially when throwing it in the air. 
Ball

7 Ball Commandments
1- It is best to store your ball in a cloth or plastics bag to keep your ball surface clean.
2- Avoid storing your ball for extended periods of time in extreme temperatures- such as direct sunlight, a heater or left overnight in the car.
3- To keeping your ball shiny, don’t play with your ball on any surface other than a carpeted area or a clean gym floor. 
4- Wash any dirt off the ball with a mild detergent under lukewarm water. 
5- Always keep your ball inflated at the recommended pressure.
6- Do not use any waxes or polishes to try to bring back the lost shine. Since most waxes harden, they’ll eventually crack and further damage the finish, in addition to making your ball very slippery.
7- Always use a rhythmic gymnastics ball pump.

How to clean a Rhythmic Gymnastics Ball
1- Dissolve a small portion of neutral dishwashing detergent into cold water.
2- Use a soft surface sponge. Avoid steel or abrasive padding as this will scratch the surface of your ball.
3- Wash the ball with dish soap with water and the sponge. Scrub gently and rinse very well.
4- Dry with a microfiber cloth. Do not use a hard surface dried towel as it will scratch the surface!

Inflating your ball
1- Use a rhythmic gymnastics ball pump. The balls are made to be inflated by a rhythmic ball pump. Anything else could break the valve. 
2- Proper use of the pump. It is important that the needle and receiving orifice should be moist before insertion. The needle should be inserted perpendicular to the surface of the ball, not at an angle. Pull the needle out in a slow movement to avoid damaging the valve. 
3- It is important that the ball is not overinflated or underinflated. The ideal pressure is between 180 and 200 mm/0, or 4 to 5 psi. 
By following these instructions, you can avoid breaking the ball.
Clubs

General advice
Clubs can warp or become brittle when submitted to extreme temperatures. It is best for them to be stored at room temperature and before use, to warm up to room temperature. The best way to store your clubs are either stood up against a wall or hung freely by the handle as they can warp if submitted to lateral pressure.

How to choose best Rhythmic Gymnastics size clubs
Take a club to measure if does not hit your chin or nose when extending your arm and handling. Please talk to your coach to confirm club sizes.

Decorating your clubs
Like your hoop, you can use the same type of tape to cover the clubs. Clubs are getting prettier and prettier, so do not feel that you have to tape your clubs. 
To protect your taping design, you can put clear tape over the decorative tape. Remember the clubs will get heavier with more tape, so best for the gymnast to check if they are okay with the weight. 
Ribbons

Maintaining your RG ribbon and stick
The best way to store your ribbon is in a ribbon winder, bought from RG sites as it protects the ribbon from warping and fraying. A cheaper option is a toilet paper roll or an old spray bottle of deodorant or hair spray in a bag. Putting an elastic band around the ribbon can warp the ribbon. 
The stick is best stored in a ribbon stick holder as the stick can break. 
All of these accessories are available on all RG equipment sites.
When the ribbon gets wrinkled, you can iron your ribbon. Because the ribbons are made from delicate material, it is best to use the iron or a hair straightener at a low temperature to avoid burning the material. 

How to prevent fraying at the ends
Make sure that the metal attachments at your swivel end have no protruding metal parts. Regularly inspect the ends of your ribbons to make sure that the seams are in top shape. If the threading is loose or undone, carry out the necessary repairs. 
Any other questions you may have, you can also ask your coach. 
Important Dates:
  • Holiday Training Form due 24th June
  • Argos Champs Sheets are due on Thursday 7th July to Cat. Here is the spreadsheet of entered gymnasts. 
O2 is a centre that specialises in helping all athletes get back to it. In their centres they offer physio, chiropractic, acupuncture, osteopathy, sports massages and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
http://www.o2centres.co.nz
Contact Details:

Xtreme Hub
xtremerg@gmail.com

Marnie Sterner
msterner11@hotmail.com

Cat de Vos
(Competition Coordinator)
cat.xtremerg@gmail.com

Sonja Oesch
shadowfax@bluemail.ch

Erica Thorby
erica.xtremerg@gmail.com

Invoicing Xtreme
invoicing.xtremerg@gmail.com
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